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the dark life she used to li. >> for nuclear experts in japan and self-styled freedom fiblgter unless libya, it is the only strategy they v and the fortunes of both are changing almost by the minute. we're beginning this hour in japan where radiation levels outside the fukushima daiichi power plant -- damaged reactors to try to keep them cool may actually now be running into the ocean. back on land t international atomic energy agency reports high radiation levels 25 miles
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from the plant outside japan's evacuation levels. while it may be obvious, today it is official, four of the six daiichi reactors are beyond repair, never to be used again. the power company says the -- for its part, 19 days into this catastrophe, japan's government is ordering immediate safety upgrades at all of the country's remaining nuclear power sites. the power company's president is far from the only at the time coe worker is suffering. the day to day existence of plant employees and other experts who are risking their lives. it is now past 2:00 a.m. on tuesday. >> what can you tell us?
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>> you have to keep in mind, they're dealing with extreme legals of radiation, they often have to crawl through dark and difficult areas where there's been a great deal of destruction. that's their life on the job, but their life off the job is almost just as dire. apparently their food is preprepared out of a can or something like an mre. they work three days on, one day off, they sleep together in a building one kilometer away, on the floor, laying on mats and stairwells or any place they can find space. it really was disturbing to many japanese people to hear people they consider heroes to be living such a lifestyle. it was felt that if these people are putting their lives on the line, at least temco could do their best to deliver the best quality of life for them. so many people were quite shocked about the whole matter.
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meanwhile, let me point out some other things that are going on. there's a protest, very rare to see this, but it was outside of tepco headquarters, they're quite angry with the company, most have lost complete trust with them. here's what one protester had to say. >> because the government doesn't want to take responsibility for this incident, they are only giving minimal amount of information. >> reporter: a and the chairman also spoke at a news conference today, he admits that tepco has done a pretty bad job at communicating. >> translator: we are very sorry for causing troubles and concerns to the international community. we are making efforts to get more updates out to people overseas. so in japanese society, people are pretty conservative, don't speak out a lot. that is changing in a hurry and there is a lot of anger and frustration with tepco right now. >> i want to ask you about these e-mails that have come out, one
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from a plant worker who apparently lost his parents in the tsunami, what more can you tell us about those? because these are the guys that are trying to save lives. >> and you're right, i mean what we can often forget is that japan is dealing with a monumental natural disaster, the earthquake and tsunami. many have lost family members. >> let me interrupt you for a second because i wanted to read the e-mail from one of those plant workers. it says my parents were wash aid way by the tsunami and i still don't know where they r so marty, you can take it from there. >> reporter: just imagine, trying to deal with that grief, trying to deal with that unbelievable loss and at the same time you realize that many people in your country are relying on you to do the best you can under the circumstances to try to prevent a third disaster from happening. i am constantly reminding myself that i cannot think of any
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circumstance or any nation that has had to deal with so much all atne time as they are trying to do here. and to libya now where forces who are trying to topping moammar gadhafi says the front line is fluid, that may be the understatement of the week. the libyan coastline is once more moving away from. a rapid push from the unofficial capitol of lib yachlt here's the landscape today, take a look at how it's changed. regime forces driving the rebels back, by some accounts, past the town of al-brega. that brings me to the question of how much other countries are willing to do to give the rebels
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a fighting chance? do we even know who those rebels are. i'll put the question to peter bergen who joins me about 20 minutes from now right here in the cnn newsroom. in syria, president bashar al assad is digging in showing know signs he's about to give in to the protesters. following violent classes in recent days, al assaad addressed the nation. he never mentions lifting the state of emergency as many hoped he would. he blamed the uprising on a conspiracy by enemies. his defiant speech comes a day after his cabinet resigned. this is shortly after his speech, you can see those crowds there. you can see a woman, she's waving her hand and then the car is being swarmed, the woman's
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intentions not immediately clear and still at this hour, in fact, unclear. the showdown for union rights for state employees is playing out in a number of states. first it was wisconsin, now ohio is one step closer to limiting collective bargaining rights no. the bill that would affect 350,000 workers heads to a vote today. this comes after a committee added measures. back in wisconsin, where a similar law has already passed, a judge is once again blocking it from going into effect now, while the courts consider whether the legislative procedures were properly followed. remember the killer whale involve in the death of its trainer at sea world orlando? that whale is now back in the park's big show, starting today. last year, the 12,000-pound killer whale pulled senior trainer dawn branchaw under the water after he grabbed her pony
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tail. this is new video from today of the killer whale in the show. you may recall three safety violations, according to -- sea world has made safety upgrades since the incident. they say it's important for the killer whale's social and mental enrichment to take part in this show. we want to know what you think about this, should the killer whale be allowed back in the show? you can post on aali's facebook and twitter pages. got to take a quick break, but we want to tell you about these contaminated iv bags suspected in the deaths of nine patients at several alabama hospitals. how did it happen and what's to keep it from happening again? keep it here.
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>> everyone is trying to figure that out right now. there are so many different ways that an iv bag could get contaminated maybe someone who was working with it didn't wash their hands, maybe the equipment it was being manufacturered on was dirty, maybe the ingredient of this stuff was contaminated, we don't know. >> i know these nine deaths, there are others who are still sick, but the nine deaths are they tied to the outbreak? >> these people by definition were quite ill to begin with, they were getting all of their nutrition via iv. so they were pretty sick. so it is possible that something else killed them and not the bacter bacter bacteria? that's possible. but when you have nine people, all of them got the same brand of the same product and they all died pretty soon thereafter and they found the bacteria in the patient and in the bag, that says a lot. >> we know the bags have been recalled, they're out of the mix, but are other patients still at risk? >> other patients are not at risk because they found these
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bags were contaminated, they got them out of hospitals, they were all recalled so it's all good now. >> so for all the people who go to a hospital, an iv is just part of the plan, it's an automatic. is there anything we can do? >> you know that i want people to be empowered patients, i talk about it all the time, i literally wrote the book on it. but in this situation, you are stuck, someone has put an iv in you so that bacteria are coursing through your veins and there's really nothing you can do. there's very little you could do to try to stop this or notice it. this isn't something you could go in and ask questions about. >> even if you asked the nurse if they were hanging the bag, what are you going to say, gee, is that bag sterile? >> and the nurse will say yes, because the bags are supposed to be sterile and almost all the time they are. what has happened here in alabama is extremely unusual. so most of the time it does go right. >> let's hope it remains unusual. if you have a bottle of
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tylenol 8-hour extended release tablets in your medicine cabinet, you may need to toss those bottles. it's the latest recall for johnson & johnson's mcneill division that pulled millions of products from shelves last year because of similar complaints. united airlines is merging with continental airlines. is the merger good for business and is it good for you? richard quest joins us next with more.
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down nighted -- united airlines and continental airlines has merged in a deal that has created the world's largest airlines. we're waiting to see how this will affect frequent flyer points and even where they will fly. i'm anxious to hear about this interview, but let's start with the business side of things, will airline employees be losing jobs because of the merger? >> the new united, the merged continental and united, they say that they have already announced the most job losses and layoffs that they'll be and they tend to be in back office staff at headquarters in chicago and in houston.
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the two headquarters of the various individual airlines. and randy, they say the reason that probably won't be further layoffs of pilots, flight attendants, gate agents, all the people who really make the airline work on a daily basis is because there wasn't much overlap of the route structures, and jeff smyzec says that's one reason. the ceo of the new united does admit that united will be shrinking it's domestic u.s. network because, he says, the focus in the future is going to be on international coverage. >> the domestic u.s. is a very difficult place to make money. brutal regulation and overtaxation, so it's very hard to make money domestically and that's why our growth has been international. even this year as we were
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originally going to grow between 1% and 2% this year and because of high fuel prices, we have brought that back to flat. but even there, that flat is comprised of shrink the domestic systems and growing the international systems. >> this is fascinating because this tells us that the united-continental merger says that airlines in the united states is going to start to look very different. it's got these massive hubs, chicago, washington, houston, newark, los angeles, san francisco, denver. but they're going to be geared to funneling out to the rest of the world. >> so did he say anything about the frequent flyer miles? that's what i want to know. >> tell me about it. he did admit that between them, united and continental have as many members in their program as the population of france. and no, he didn't say anything about -- all he would tell me,
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frankly was that the flyers are going to like it. i can tell you because i read the blogs, randy, flyers are desperate to know what it's about, what it's going to look like. >> of course. >> absolutely. he did however have a serious warning for his competition who might think that they're going to get one over on the new united. >> i think they fear us and they should. the fact is, not only are we the largest, but we will be the leading airline, we're very focussed on customer service and that's why i'm so focussed on the company. when we're done with the integration and we have got that behind us, we're going to be a potent competitor for them and they're very scared of us and they should be. >> it's not every day you have a chief executive who sits off of you who says they're going to be
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scared and they should be. >> so they're going to be the largest airline now, does that necessarily mean that they're going to be the best airline? biggest doesn't necessarily translate to better. >> i think that that's one of the things that he's very much aware of, bigger doesn't mean best and coming from the continue nental size, certainlym the old days of bankruptcy through, i think he knows that it has to offer something above and beyond. now between promise and practice, between theory and reality, there will be many slips and he admits that, but randy, frankly, to look at the way they are putting together these two giant airlines to createbehoebehem moth is quite interesting.
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president obama says the u.s. may help armed rebels in libya, but does the administration even know who the rebels are? ed henry is going to break it all down for us next. i think it can. one of the challenges for kayla being gluten-free is actually finding choices the whole family will love. then we discovered chex cereals. five flavors of chex are gluten-free, including the honey nut flavor, and that's amazing to a mom like me. as a parent you don't want to have to tell your kids "no" all the time. it's nice for me to be able to say "yes" to something that they want to eat. [ male announcer ] chex cereal. five flavors. gluten free. hi. i'm dan hesse, ceo of sprint. the other day, i looked up the word "unlimited" in the dictionary. nowhere in the definition did i see words like... "metering," "overage," or "throttling"... which is code for slowing you down. only sprint gives you true unlimited calling, texting... surfing, tv, and navigation on all phones.
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welcome back, 24 minutes past the hour, a shift in strategy among the coalition enforcing libya's no fly zone. the white house is now saying it
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could possibly provide weapons to the rebel fighters. >> i'm not ruling it out. but i'm also not ruling it in. we're still making an assessment, partly about what gadhafi's forces are going to be doing. >> ed henry joins me now from the white house. ed, you know, we seem to be getting a couple of different messages, one from the white house, one from the secretary of state hillary clinton about arming the rebels. do we even know who the rebels are? does the administration know? >> well it depends on who you talk to. the president, some of those interviews yesterday was basically saying that he had gotten pretty specific. he said some of these rebels are doctors, lawyers or basically professionals who decided to join, you know, with some of their friends of various neighborhoods, villages and just step forward and try to form a new government, stand up to colonel gadhafi and essentially these are professionals who are stepping up. but secretary clinton said in london that we don't really know who they are, we have got to be
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careful, we have got to do some more digging. i'm sure the president, if he had another five seconds in that sound bite would want to add who they're suggesting. but he seems to be suggesting that we know more than the secretary of state tells us. they still do not have a clear idea of how much they can trust these rebels. >> and when you think about possibly arming them and maybe even training them, maybe training might be required so it would be good to get a handle on one clear message. let me ask you about the president's speech on monday, did it help the american people or congress for that matter better understand the course of action in libya, do you think? >> it does seem to at least given him a little bit of breathing room from capitol hill. you certainly had a lot of democrats coming out over the last day or two who had previously been a lot more skeptical of this mission saying the president gave us a rationale for why he got the
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u.s. vovtd, but i think the second part of that equation is they're still waiting on the hill for more details about how he's going to get out. and the president was very careful not to get into any of those details perhaps they're trying to figure owl that. he was saying that parts of the mission had been accomplished, you don't want to set a bar that suggests, look, we're done here, this is pretty much, we'll be out in a week, we'll be out in a month, he doesn't know exactly how long it's going to take and that's why he's being careful when you mentioned the rebels being trained, that is a key issue. if you were to arm these rebels, would they be properly trained to use these sophisticated weapons, how long would that take in and number two, would this be outside the bounds of a u.n. security resolution authorizing military force in the first place? it was one thing to have a no fly zone to protect the civilians. but arming the rebels?
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does that take it a step beyond the u.n. resolution? that's a whole other question. >> if the rebels had to be trained would that be part of the u.s. mission? is that the united states' job or is that part of the rest of the coalition to do? >> the president stressed over and over, the u.s. is no long never a lead role, we're sort of pulling back, if all of a sudden the u.s. needs to step up and start training these rebels, that is what you would suggest a lead role, not a backup role. so all of these questions are making it that much more complicated. >> ed henry, you answered it as best you can, we appreciate it. it wasn't quite alice in wonder land, but almost, you won't believe what happened to one florida woman in her own backyard. her dramatic 911 call, right after this break.
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coming up on half past the hour, let's get caught up on the headlines and stories you may have missed. anti-gadhafi forces are losing ground. the front line is proving to be fluid as gadhafi forces are driving them back with punishing firepower. government fighters are intensifying their strikes in misrata. you can see rebels retreating from a key oil port. but gadhafi's forces are escalating their attack attacks. in syria, protesters are furious after the president addressed
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the nation from damascus today. the president delivered a defiant speech a day after his cabinet resigned. the state of emergency that many hoped he would lift remains in place in syria. al assaad says his government failed to meet the needs of syrians but he blamed the uprising on a conspiracy of enemies. tests are now showing the ocean water near the fukushima plant is extremely radioactive. radioactive iodine three times the normal levels. these levels are the highest scene since the tsunami knocked out the cooling system more than two weeks ago. the agency says they don't believe there is an immediate threat to marine life. in the meantime, tokyo electric says it's president was hospitalized for fatigue and stress and will need treatment for several days. health investigators are
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looking into the deaths of nine hospital patients in alabama. all were given an iv contaminated with bacteria, ten others patients got the iv and are reportedly not doing well. a birmingham company sold the bad iv bags to six hospitals which have now all been recalled. imagine standing in your backyard and then suddenly this. >> i'm in the ground! >> you're in the ground? >> somebody help me! oh, god, i'm stuck in here! i'm in a hole! >> okay, i understand you're in a hole, where are you at? >> that was carla chapman screaming for help, maybe even her life, when she found herself being swallowed by a sink hole, luckily she had her cell phone and was safely rescued and believe it or not, this is not the first time this has happened to this woman, in fact this is the second sink hole that's opened upd and swallowed her up in her own backyard. her insurance denies there is a
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sink hole problem at her home and chapman is suing the insurance company. should the u.s. provide weapons to the libyan rebels and does al qaeda have links to the opposition? serious questions facing the obama administration right after this.
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the libyan rebels on the retreat once again. and as the civil war drags on, one key question takes on greater urgency. should the united states provide weapons to the forces fighting to overthrow moammar gadhafi. growing concern that al qaeda may have links to the libyan opposition.
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on on the of it all, there appears to be some disagreement on just what obama officials know about the rebels. >> first of all, i think it's important to note that the people that we have met with have been fully vetted. so we have a clear sense of who they are and so far they're saying the right things and most of them are professionals, lawyers, doctors, people who appear to be credible. >> we do not have specific information about specific individuals from any organization but of course we're still getting to know those -- that will be a process that continues. >> all right, so if the president and his secretary of state have a different take on the libyan rebels, does the administration really know enough about them to provide them with weapons? joining us to talk about this, national security analyst -- should the u.s. arm the rebels?
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>> well, lucky i don't have to answer that question, being a journalist in the sense that that's a policymaker's question. but, you know, i mean certainly i talked to senior u.s. intelligence who say that the precise makeup of the libyan rebels in eastern libya is not very clear to the u.s. government. there's all sorts of obvious reasons for that, the united states didn't have diplomatic relations with libya for decades and gadhafi of course ran a totalitarian regime so it was pretty hard to find out who the dissidents were and what motivated them. the concern that the nato supreme commander raised is that the motivation is from al qaeda. the libyan islamic fighting group, a group that was once allied to al qaeda has now rejected al qaeda's ideology, several hundred of their islamic fighting groups were released from prison by gadhafi and some of them ended up with the
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opposition according to members of our group. in additionally we have seen in al qaeda in iraq recruited quite a number of foreign fighters to be suicide attackers in iraq. >> a lot of people are wondering might we see a repeat of iraq in libya where the radicals took control of gadhafi, where they might take control if gadhafi is overthrown. >> yes, a legitimate concern, al qaeda thrives in failed states and civil wars. we saw that as you say in iraq where al qaeda in fact not only provokeded the civil war, but took a, you know, killed thousands of iraqis during the course of that civil war. so it's a legitimate concern. that said, pro-ain a sense, i think you have cnn and news
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operations in libya have really a better sense of what's going on because they're there on the ground and our reporters there, i think, i don't think have seen, sort of large numbers of people waving flags of osama bin laden or the like. >> you know how al qaeda works and if you have president obama saying that these people are being vetted, they over mole professipr mostly professionals, doctors and lawyers, how does al qaeda work? how would they get in? they're seeking in to get in, whether it's in libya or other countries. they are not mouthing al qaeda's venomous anti-gadhafi rhetorics. and sort of facebook
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revolutionaries so i of course when it's a legitimate concern, particularly if you're flying blind as we are in libya, we're not flying blind in places like egypt, where we have a strong relationship with the mubarak regime that goes back decades. but in countries like egypt, i think it's reasonable to be appropriately skeptical and careful. >> right, but peter, i can't let you go without asking this. is there a precedent where the u.s. provided weapons to a rebel group, has it ever worked? >> well the most obvious one is providing weapons and money to the afghan mujahideen. one of the taliban militias is fighting the u.s. allies in afghanistan today so that's kind of a cautionary teal.
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. time right now is about 1:40, time for a check of our top stories. in syria, a defiant president blamed conspirators for the country's political unrest that's killed dozens of anti-government protesters and he offered no concessions to demonstrate fors who are demanding broad reform including lifting of nearly 30 years of laws. an immediate safety upgrades at all nuclear power plants in the country. tomorrow workers will begin spraying liquid aimed at preventing the disburse sal of nuclear particles in and around the fukushima facility. a plan to reduce the number of school closings in the district. schools to be selected are ones with low academic performance and low or declining employment.
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the bicycle has been around for ages and is still one of the best ways to get around without a car. in today's edge of discovery, dan simon introduces us to a bike that's not only portable, but also puts a whole new spin in how you ride it. >> it fits in the trunk of a car, unfolds in seconds and has you cruising with stairs from everyone around. it is called the yike bike, brad ryan's name was to reinvent the bicycle, this one requires no pedals. >> obviously it looks a little different than a normal bike. but there's nothing unherntly natural to this, it's just what we're used to. you have a nice upright riding position, your hands day loun here, you've got an accelerator here. >> ryan wanted to make it
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lighter and faster. it weighs 20 pounds and slips along at 14 miles an hour. >> the bike goes six miles on a single charge so it's really ideal for going those short distances and as you can hear, it makes a little bit of noise which is there on purpose to let cars and pedestrians know of your presence. the yike is made out of high-tech carbon fiber which accounts for its $637 price. it's got anti-skids brakes and lights that are on all the time. it's unclear if the yike will be a success, but if you're looking to attract attention, you won't go wrong. dan simon, cnn san francisco. while we're on the subject of transportation, sort of, some competitors on their way to the great moon buggy race are taking a big detour and a giant leap right there, right into our studio. yes, we'll give you a sneak peek at the moon buggy next. ♪
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big space news today from nasa, this week, we received our
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first picture from a spacecraft orbiting a planet mercury. take a look. this picture was taken by nasa's messenger spacecraft. messenger took more than 300 images of the planet closest to the sun. also it's hoping for a miracle of sorts, the mars rover spirit hasn't been heard from in a year, it got stuck in the stands of the planet mars back in 2009. they were hoping the solar powered vehicle would be able to get itself unstuck, but it's not looking so good. if they don't hear from the rover in the next month or so, nasa is going to scale back on spirit and focus on its twin opportunity. this year marks 40 years since we rumbled across the surface of the moon in a moon buggy. these are pictures from 1971 when astronauts used the vehicle to collect moon surface samples. every year nasa holds the great moon buggy race in honor of our
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trips to the moon. college and high school kids from around the world, they build moon buggies and they bring them to the space center in huntsville, alabama to race on a course that simulates the surface of the moon. here live in the studio, we have one of the moon buggy race teams, how cool is this? we're so happy you guys are with us. tim white, you are their advisor. and doctor frank six is here as well and you were the originator of the moon buggy race. maybe we can open up your moon buggy so we can get a look at this. tell us how it works. >> it works a lot like a bike. >> can we open it as you were telling us? >> sure. >> it works like a bike. >> yes, we pull and open it up. >> okay, so you sit there and you guys designed this? >> yes.
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our school designed it. >> and the school built it? >> so you ride it like that. this thing looks pretty heavy, but it breaks down, it looks pretty tight. you were able to bring it up to our studio. the race is this weekend? >> saturday. >> it's supposed to simulate the moon's surface, right? so what's it like to ride in this thing? >> it's like kind of when you're riding a bike and you're going through like dirty, kind of muddy areas and it's real bumpy, it's just like that, except the bumps are a lot larger. so you're going up in there quite higher than you would on a normal bicycle. >> these are some pretty sturdy tires it looks like, tim, if you would, tell us a little bit about how this whole project came to be, because this is a whole school wide effort it sounds like? you can be pretty proud of your students? >> i'm very proud of them, it's a skill one project like you said and that's one of the
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greatest things about it. it pulls our whole school together and they get to meet people from industry as well as college and high school students from all over the world. >> i know it's a lot of fun, dr. six, you're originator here, but there's a lesson here? >> the lesson is that they get to do hands on engineering which they don't get to do in the classroom. we have 80 teams coming, 15 from other countries. >> how fast does this thing go. >> i would say 25, 30 miles an hour on a straight. >> really? i would like to see this on the streets outside cnn maybe. what was the inspiration for you as the creator? >> well, in '94, it was the 25th anniversary of landing on the moon, and we thought we need to have an lrv, a lunar landing vehicle to put on display and the rules haven't changed that much in 17 years, this is the
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18th running of the buggies. >> may i have a seat in there? see what this kneels like, hunter really doesn't want me to be his partner, though, right? i have no experience in the moon buggy. this is kind of uncomfortable with your legs up so high. but this is really cool. legs u is really cool. >> there's gears right here. >> there's no gas pedal, huh? >> no. you are the gas pedal. >> do you want to be an astronaut or what? what do you want to do inour life after this? >> i'm in health care. it's a really good experience for leadership and you get to work with a team and you make a lot of new friends. >> and hunter, what about you? i'm going to give roxanna her seat back. what about you? what do you want to do? >> the class i take is industrial maintenance. i was thinking about becoming a master electrician and then getting my industrial maintenance certificate, work at some sort of plant.
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>> listen, if you take this thing for a spin around the studio, we have a lot of expensive dwiequipment around h, so be careful. thank you all so much. this is really cool. appreciate you making the trip and bringing it here. cool stuff. of course, to check out the great moonbuggy raceon line, head to cnn.com/ali. we'll link you up. a brand new poll puts the tea party in the same company as the democratic and republican parties. we'll explain what that's all about after the break. 
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time now for cnn political update. senior political analyst gloria borger joins me from washington. hi, gloria. the president was talking energy today. >> hey, randi. yeah, he was. he was and he made a little joke about himself also while he was doing that. because you remember there were a lot of questions raised back in 2009 when president obama won the noble peace prize. he was in the middle of his afghanistan review, was ordering more troops into afghanistan. a lot of folks didn't feel that he had done enough, quite frankly, to merit the prize. well, today the president made a little fun of himself in that energy speech at georgetown university take a listen. >> that's why i've asked
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secretary chu, my energy secretary, to work with other agencies, the natural gas industry, states and environmental experts to improve the safety of this process. and choou's the right guy to do this. he has a noble prize in physics. he actually deserved his noble prize. >> so, randi, that's getting a bit of attention. and clearly the president still feels a little bit of tension on that. he spoke with cnn espanol about the notion that you can be a commander in chief in wartime and still win the noble peace prize. listen to this. >> i think the american people don't see any contradiction in somebody who cares about peace also wanting to make sure that people aren't butchered because of a dictator who wants to cling
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to power. >> so there is that fine line that president obama walks and will continue to walk. there's another political note today as we watch the budget fight that is shaping up to be something on capitol hill. we took a poll about the tea party and how popular the tea party is nationally because, of course, as you know randi it's been a huge part of the debate on capitol hill. let's take a look at our poll because the numbers show that the tea party is growing less popular, 32% in the poll say they have a favorable view of the tea party at the moment and 47% have an unfavorable view. that's kind of what the national political parties have. and today on the floor harry reid, the senate majority leader, warned house republicans and said, don't let the tea party folks run your budget negotiations because they're not real popular. you can see that in our poll.
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>> we sure can. that may be some good advice from harry reid. gloria, thank you. >> yes. >> your next update from the best political team on television is just one hour away. next, we're showing you a must-see viral video. two twins have a heated conversation about, well, nothing. wouldn't you love to know what they're saying?
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you are going to love this next story. people have claimed that twins have their own secret language and the two babies in this viral video are certainly talking up a storm about something. it actually sounds a lot like our show's morning editorial meeting. hmm, imagine that. take a listen. >> so funny. they seem to be talking about a missing sock or something, but we're sure they've gotten it squared away once this conversation ends.
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attack, retreat, repeat. maybe not an ideal strategy, but for nuclear experts in japan and self-styled freedom fighters in libya, it's the only strategy they have. we begin this hour with what the libyan rebels are calling a tactical withdrawal. their back-and-forth sweep is once more moving back, under fire from territory held by the only libyan rule most have ever known, moammar gadhafi. here's the map we showed you 48 hours ago, a rapid push from the unofficial rebel capital of benghazi. you see it on the map to the outskirts of gadhafi's hometown of sirte. now look at this, the landscape today. regime forces once more on the offensive, driving the rebels back near or even past the town of al brega. in a news conference, an opposition spokesman says his side needs more than air strikes from the u.s. and his partners. he asked for tanks, artillery,
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communications equipment, and, yes, training. none of which is forthcoming, at least for now. i want to get to cnn's nic robertson in the libyan capital. nic, i wonder if you can gauge the momentum from where you are of the fighting by what officials say and do there in tripoli. >> reporter: i think it's very hard to gauge, but what we can tell is that gadhafi seems to be on the offensive. number one, we see it in the east, the rebels forced into what they call a tactical retreat, this is after they had sweeping gains last week, earlier in the week. and misrata, the government is attacking there, also southwest of tripoli. so that's perhaps the best way to gauge it from here, despite the fact that there are coalition strikes on gadhafi's forces, it doesn't seem to be denting his desire to fight back
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at this time. >> we know that the government minders have been running you around town a bit to try to show you the casualties and damage. have you been on any of these tours recently? >> reporter: we have. government officials took us to a hospital here in tripoli, not far from where we are right now, to see a civilian casualty. this woman they said was injured the day before yesterday in a strike in a town about two to three hours drive from here. we know because other reporters went to this town yesterday that a weapons and ammunitions store there was totalled by the coalition air strike. the ammunition dump then exploded and that's what this woman described to us. she said there was an initial explosion. she ran outside her house to see what had happened. somebody told her to go back in. it was in the middle of the night. then when the other weapons started exploding in the weapons store, a missile hit her house and that's how she was injured.
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in all of this time, the government has told us there's been many, many, many civilian casualties. what we've seen now so far appears to be just one person. this lady is 44 years old. she is pregnant, and it broke her leg, which has been reset by the hospital. so a nasty injury for this lady, apparently as a result of collateral damage from living closely to ammunition dump after a coalition strike, randi. >> nic, i really want to ask you about this. human rights watch now says gadhafi forces have buried land mines around ajdabiya. are government officials saying anything about that? >> reporter: you know, the interesting thing, in the past few days, particularly as the rebels sort of made their advances in the east, we've had very few press conferences with government officials and very few official comments. and we haven't heard anything about the land mines yet. the government really hasn't talked a lot, doesn't say very much on state television about
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how the battlefield is changing, the losses, the rebels, gains against the rebels again. the press conferences they hold tend to be on sort of extraneous subjects and not on this core issue that everyone would like to know about, the battlefield and the tactics apparently now land mines that they may be using. randi? >> even if they talked about it, nic, i know you have your doubts whether you'd get the real story anyway. but we did have to ask. nic robertson for us in libya. thank you. in syria, president bashar al assad is blaming conspirators for the uprising in his country and is refusing to give in to protestors. al assad addressed the nation from damascus. he never mentioned lifting a state of emergency as many hoped he would. instead, he acknowledged the government failed to meet the needs of syrians but made no concrete promises of reform. the speech comes days after the cabinet reformed.
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violent clashes erupted after the speech in cities across cities including in daraa. at least one was killed in the violence. protestors are angry and call al assad a, quote, liar. now to japan where the radiation levels near the ocean near the plant, 3,000 times over the legal limit. some of the water being pumped and sprayed on the damaged reactors may be running into the ocean. back on land, the international atomic energy agency reports high radiation levels 25 miles from the plant outside japan's evacuation zone. the u.s. and other countries set a much wider zone for it their people. and while it may be obvious, today it is actually official. four of the six daiichi reactors are beyond repair. there they are, never to be used again. that's the word from tokyo electric power company whose president is now said to be hospitalized with stresses and fatigue. he's far from the only worker
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who is suffering. this week we've gotten our glimpse into the day-to-day existence of plant employees and others risking their lives to save their countrymen. an inspector told of sleeping on lead-lined mats on hallways, conference rooms and stairwells and eating two meals a day, crackers for breakfast, canned food for dinner, and no showers. one worker sent this e-mail, quote, crying is useless. if we're in hell now, all we can do is crawl up toward heaven. heal >> health officials in bath alabama are investigating whether i.v.s tainted with bacteria are to blame for nine patients who died. ten other patients got the i.v. and are reportedly not doing well. a birmingham company sold the bad i.v. bags to six hospitals. the i.v.s have now been recalled. remember the killer whale involved in the death of its trainer at seaworld orlando? well, that whale is now back in the park's big show.
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last year the 12,000-pound killer whale tilikum pulled senior trainer dawn brancheau under the water by her tony tail. the paautopsy shows she died of drowning and traumatic injury to her body. this is new video today. seaworld was fined $75,000 for three safety violations when this happened. according to our affiliate wesh, seaworld has made safety upgrades since incident. park officials say it's important for the whale's enrichment for him to participate in the show and get some activity with the trainers. well, we want to know what you think about this. should the killer whale be back in the shoe at seaworld? join the conversation at cnn.com/ali. i'm sure you have plenty to say about this. you can also post on facebook and twitter. share your thoughts, your comments, and we'll read them later in the show. back in the arms of her
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parents. a little girl caught in the middle of an immigration dispute returns home. i'll talk with the family's attorney, who was there for today's reunion. that story next. 0 [ female announcer ] little l can make a meaningful impact. .
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so we've been talking about the story about the killer whale at seaworld. we asked you for your comments and we definitely got an earful and an e-mail inbox full. christine says -- they need to release these
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animals to their natural habitat, end of story. radonna said -- obviously these wonderful creatures would die if put back into the wild. what about better habitats or sanctuaries? yusuf said -- the whale has killed someone, already had behavior issues, it should be retired by law. this from duane -- personally, i don't have an opinion. if you want to go to the show, go. if you don't like the situation, don't go. join the conversation on aur blog, cnn.com/ali. the conversation continues. you can also post on facebook and twitter. we'll share your comments, of course, as we continue to get them. a 4-year-old girl caught up in the middle of an immigration dispute is back in the u.s. emily ruiz was reunited with her family this morning after arriving from guatemala. she was deported there a few weeks ago even though she was an
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american citizen because customs didn't allow her grandfather to enter the u.s. the family's attorney david sperling captured these emotional reunion pictures. he joins me now by phone from new york. david, you tweeted, mission accomplished, after emily's arrival. tell us briefly how that reunion was with her family. >> it was very moving and very emotional. mr. ruiz, emily's father, had tears in his eyes and they were hugging together, both the father, the mother, emily and her little brother. it was very, very emotional, and i'm thrilled that i played even just a small part in helping to bring that about. this was a terrible injustice what happened and we're really happy that it's rectified and we hope that nothing like this ever happens again. >> tell me how she was treated. i'm curious, by the immigration officials during her trip back. >> oh, they treated her like
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royalty. in fact, one of the cbp customs and border patrol officers called her the princess of miami, and then later another cbp official in atlanta said it was the least that we could do. it was a remarkable turnabout. it was like night and day. on march 11th, emily was sleeping under a bench. she was cold and hungry. and nobody cared about her. and yesterday she was greeted at miami international airport by the port director, the cbp -- >> we just have about a minute left. i know this all started because there was some question about her grandfather's paperwork when they tried to come back from guatemala. she had been there nursing some asthma for some time. >> yes. >> but were her parents -- i'm curious -- given the option to pick her up at the airport or were they told that she had to go back to guatemala?
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was there any option in the u.s. at all for her? >> she was never given an option. and this is the crucial point. had she been given an option, she -- the father most certainly would have gone to pick her up at the airport. he had noertization to have someone else pick emily up at jfk airport. he had people waiting in washington to pick her up. cbp could have certainly contacted the friends or they could have put her in the custody of child protective services for a day or so to transfer her over if they wanted to wash their hands of it. but there were many options available for them to give emily back to her father. and cbp had no jurisdiction over u.s. citizens. this is an outrage. >> do you think she was made an example of? we hear so much in the political arena about the so-called anchor babies, children born on u.s. soil to illegal immigrants who then become u.s. citizens
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automatically. how much do you think politics played a role here? >> well, i think there isn't a hostile environment in the united states towards undocumented immigrants. no question about that. but i think that emily's case really puts a huge face on it. she is a u.s. citizen, has all the rights of a u.s. citizen, so does her little brother. her parents are undocumented. there's 11 million undocumented people in the united states, but most of those people are part of mixed families. some of the members are legal, others are illegal. it just points out the need that we need immigration reform, common sense immigration reform. that's crucial and we're calling on the immigration to do something about it right now. >> david sperling, so glad we got you on the phone to share emily's story and homecoming. the pictures of her in her own bed certainly are adorable. thank you. new stadium, new
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entertainment center, new nba team. one mayor believes if you attract the people, the jobs will follow. that's ahead in our "building up america" segment.
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quote that says "if you build it they will come." oklahoma city mayor says they are doing just that. tom forehas today's "building up america." >> reporter: every time the thunder takes the floor, the home crowd cheers, not just for the team but also for the remarkable transformation it represents. >> i love what i seen. it's been great. >> reporter: for almost two decades, through targeted use of a voter-approved 1 cent sales tax, oklahoma city has been rebuilding itself with a new ballpark, new attractions, refurbished entertainment centers, schools and more. >> we're creating a city before your kid and grandkid is going to want to live. the past paradigm is people went where the jobs are. i believe in the future the people are going to go to the cities where they want to live and the jobs are going to follow the people. >> reporter: the acquisition of the thunder three years ago was a milestone in the process of
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making this a prime place to live. and a coup for this town which is one of the is smallest to host an nba team. it was made possible in large part because that same tax money was used to build an arena with no loans to hang over the profit-potential of the new franchise. >> there's no debt on the building. it's paid for. >> reporter: that's pretty unusual. >> extremely unusual. >> reporter: thunder coach scott brooks calls it team work. >> it's important to get behind our endefers. >> reporter: oklahoma enjoys one of the lowest unemployment rates in country, sales tax revenues have soar and this town is charging back from the recession. tom foreman, cnn, oklahoma city. it's our second week documenting phillippe cousteau's arctic expedition. he has now landed at an arctic ice base and he gives us an update next.
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meteorologist chad myers joining us now to talk about your very colorful map. a lot going on. >> i don't like it being colorful. that's a bad thing. >> keeps you busy. >> absolutely. this entire month has kept us jumping at the weather office. that big red box is a tornado watch box. in taylor county, right there on the big bend part of florida, we do have a tornado warning for the next few minutes. p one of the cells coming off
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the ocean has been rotating for much of its lifetime so something could be coming out of that. not a lot of population in that area. you have to move inland to get to the population in florida. we'll watch that for you for today. >> you're also watching the arctic sea ice because of our friend philippe cousteau. >> i know. this is all about the sea ice and where it's going, where it's coming from, or is it disappearing? here is the animation from september. moving it all ahead, how much ice has grown over the winter, that's important to see what the extent of the ice is and where it's going to be in the summertime when it melts. the problem is, you see it growing here, october and then into november. it's getting bigger and bigger. you can't tell how thick it is. you can't tell if it's an inch thick or a foot thick or eight feet thick. we want eight feet thick. we don't want just one little thin spot of ice that's going to melt rather quickly. >> thicker is better when it comes to ice. >> right. we are in a very bad situation when it comes to where we should
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be on sea ice and where we are. we are almost, if you look at this, about 1.2 kilometers squared, or about 400,000 square miles, less ice than we should have at this point. that's concerning because now it's going to melt because it gets warmer. where does it end up? in the bottom. seeing these pictures of the polar bears with nowhere to walk. >> that breaks my heart. >> this hasn't been a good winter for up north. maybe not a bad spring. >> maybe you'll have good news tomorrow. what do you think? >> i don't know. cnn special correspondent philippe cousteau is on the ground in the arctic right now studying climate change and global warming. after days of setbacks and some bad weather he's finally landed at the catlin ice base. here's philippe with an update on his journey. >> reporter: good news. the weather has cleared up enough, there's enough contrast up at the catlin ice base, we
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are out of here. well, it's not much visibility out there, but thank goodness there's enough for us to take off and land. so we're only about an hour and a half away from deer bay and the catlin ice base. >> what we're looking for is for a landing site, basically not too many -- just make the landing rough. >> bumpy land being, but we made it. simon, how are you? nice to meet you. philippe. we're offloading the airplane here, and it's quite a scene. everybody is helping out, pitching in. there's about seven or eight
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people going back to resolute so there's good-byes and hellos all happening at the same time. everyone is very excited and this is quite a wonderful next step to this adventure. we're all pretty happy to finally be up here and get going. >> to read philippe cousteau's daily expedition blogs, head to our blog. we'll be right back.
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half past the hour now. here's the latest head lines and stories you may have missed. in an intense day of fighting in libya, gadhafi's forces are driving rebels back and regaining control of key cities.
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rebels say the front line is proving to be fluid. government fighters are intensifying their strikes in misrata and now pushing east from bin jawad to ras lanuf. you can see rebels retreating from ras lanuf, a key oil port. but the opposition is not confirming they have lost the city to gadhafi. gadhafi''s forces are escalating their attacks as nato plans to take command of the coalition. the japanese government implementing new safety upgrades at nuclear power plants. the ocean water near the fukushima daiichi plant is extremely radiation. radioactive iodine more than 3,000 times normal levels have been found. these levels the highest seen since the tsunami knocked out the plant's cooling system more than two weeks ago. in the meantime, tokyo electric says its president was hospitalized for fatigue and stress and will need treatment for several days. health investigators are looking into the deaths of nine
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hospital patients in alabama, all given i.v.s contaminated with bacteria. ten other patients got the i.v. and are reportedly not doing very well. a birmingham company sold the bad i.v. bags to six hospitals. the i.v.s have now all been recalled. refusing to give an inch to those demanding an end to syria's police state. we'll hear from a syrian in the thick of the bold opposition to president bashar al assad, right after this.
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for the first time since
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bloody antigovernment protests rocked syria several weeks ago, the country's hard-line president addressed the nation today. bashar al assad, defiant as usual, offered no concessions to the opposition and ignored the demand that he lift nearly 50 years of emergency laws. instead, he blamed the unrest on unnamed conspirators. human rights watch says security forces have killed 73 antigovernment demonstrators. earlier i spoke to a syrian human rights activist about assad's speech and asked him how this crisis might play out. [ inaudible ] >> i think that the president message is clear. he gave permission to the security forces to oppress the people and demonstrators. the fact that he said that he has not ordered the security forces to shoot his people, i would ask him -- mistake, troops
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were mobilizing the army -- the army was linked to daraa. that wasn't a mistake. he is the commander in chief of the army. [ inaudible ] this is not believable. >> and we want to break this down a bit more with michael holmes, who's here to talk about the speech among many other things. were you at all surprised by his defiance? >> yeah, i think a lot of people were surprised. because everyone thought that he had made these concessions earlier. they thought he would make more concessions given that the violence had continued. in fact, he didn't. the big one was whether he would announce the lifting of the emergency laws which have been in place since 1963. by not doing that, everyone was surprised. but in a way i wasn't surprised about that because that's the
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law that basically keeps the regime in power. what i'm wondering is whether he's backed himself into a corner by being so dwigefiant, offering concessions. if he's forced into offering concessions later, it's going to make him look weak, emboldening the hard-liners within the regime. remember we said there's dirnlg ent views within the regime. there are the hard-liners you want to crack down and those like assad who would prefer to go the reform route. >> what about this scene after the speech? i mean, there were protests throughout syria, but after the speech there was this one woman who approached his car. tell us a little bit more about that. >> i would love to know where she is now. she came running up to the car, obviously trying to get a message to him. you can see people swarming around. this was going out live on state television. they cut away pretty quickly when they realized there was a bit of jostling going on. >> we don't know if she was armed or her intentions. >> we don't. we do know that there are
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already demonstrations around the country in the wake of that speech. friday a big day, a traditional day of demonstrations after friday prayers. >> so for the opposition, do they have any options here? >> well, at the moment they're going to keep doing what they're doing. the comments coming from various people inside the country after the speech was enormous disappointment. almost a feeling of betrayal. they expected something and got nothing. >> i want to ask you quickly about libya. the obama administration still is deciding whether or not to arm the rebels. it's not just about arming the opposition but this would also mean training them at some point, right? >> absolutely. you talk about arms there, if there wasn't an arms embargo, you're locking in the existing disparity between the two sides, the inequality. yes, if you're going to bring arms in, how do you get them in? what are you going to give them? who's going to train them? they need heavy weaponry, that
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requires training. who's going to do that? is special forces going to go in and train these goeuys on the ground? then there's boots on the ground. it's a slippery slope when you start slipping weapons in there. then you're a part of it. >> what exactly are the weapons? >> they've got at the moment what they took from ammunition depots or gadhafi forces. there's live weapons, ak-47s, couple of rpgs, rocket launchers as well. that's antiaircraft ammunition there. you can see an antiaircraft gun as well. not enough to take on tanks. >> right. okay, i can't let you go without this one. >> you love the royals. >> i love the royals. >> i think you're english. >> maybe a piece of me. speaking of that, maybe i should check my ancestry. kate middleton has some interesting ancestry. >> i have to check my notes here. this came from -- she is apparently distantly related to george washington.
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that's right, she has some u.s. links. and not only him, related to meriweather lewis who together with william clark mapped the west, you know. lewis and clark. >> it gets even better. >> related to general george patten. >> come on, our reelding out. >> this is the best one. yes, they are the happy couple. they are related. >> wait. she's related to her husband-to-be? >> that's right. but not in a bizarre way. i mean, she's apparently a 15th cousin. so i think that's a respectable distance. >> is that allowed in the royal family? >> oh, lots is allowed in the royal family, as we well know. this was done by the new england historical genealogical society. yeah, eighth cousin eight times removed from george washington. there you go, if you're into genealogy. i swear you're english. you just love the royals. >> maybe we're related. let's check. news on that tomorrow. thanks. >> good to see you. >> fun as always. 40 years ago today an
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attempt was made on the life of a president. we take a look back at the asettlement tempted assassination of ronald reagan after this quick break.
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it's one of those defining moments many of us will never forget. 30 years to the day, march 30, 1981, the assassination attempt of president ronald reagan. president reagan had just left a labor meeting and walked into the crosshairs of a gunman. drew griffin takes us through
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those first dramatic minutes in his documentary "stalker: the reagan shooting." >> i heard a noise when we came out of the hotel and headed for the limousine. and i heard some noise and i thought it was firecrackers. >> one of the secret service agents behind me just seized me here by the waist and plunged me headfirst into the limo. >> and as we go in, i go in on top of him. i'm sure i hit my radio or gun hit him in the back. >> then i said, jerry, get off. i think you've broken a rib of mine. and he got off very quickly. >> reporter: inside the limo, he checked whether reagan was all right. >> i didn't know i was shot. >> so i ran my hands up under his coat felt around his belt.
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>> looking for blood. >> yes. ran my hands up under his arms, no blood. >> and just then i coughed and i had a handful of bright red frothy blood. >> he took out a napkin out of his pocket. he took it out and he spit up on it. there was a lot of blood. it got on my london fog raincolt. he said, i think i've cut the inside of my mouth. i said, let me look. it was profuse, bubbly, bright red. >> so i said, i guess the broken rib has pierced a lung. he simply turned and said, george washington hospital and we were on the way. >> reporter: when the president's limo pulled up to the nearest hospital that day, reagan wanted to walk inside. >> he hitched his pants up and walked out. >> reporter: this is a magazine artist sketch of what happened next. >> he walked in about maybe 18 to 20 fe$20 feet and collapseed >> a nurse met me and i said i was having trouble breathing, what i thought it was. the next thing i knew was when my knees began to turn to rubber
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and i wound up on a gurney. >> i thought when he was lying there on the gurney, i did think we had lost him. >> drew griffin joins me now to talk about this. that is an incredibly moving documentary from what we saw. he actually thought they were firecrackers, right? >> right. thought he had bruised a rib getting pushed into the limo. even jerry parr, the secret service agent, on his hands and knees, the president facing him, and he's feeling up ronald reagan, how else do you say it, the training to try to find any blood, wet spots, any marks, holes. they couldn't find it. but the decision to go to george washington hospital saved the president's life. >> oh, yeah. he was pretty close to dying clearly. what about hinckley? i know you uncovered interesting information about the shootser. >> yeah. this wasn't just an anniversary piece, reagan the shooting. this is called "stalker" for a
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reason. the research we did and our executive producer did, we determined that hinckley was stalking president carter first, then president reagan, and had multiple chances of killing either one before that fateful day 30 years ago today. so this is as much about hinckley's journey, trying to kill any president, as it is about this president's journey after the shooting. >> knowing that, that is aptly named "stalker." thanks, drew. you should be sure to watch "stalker the reagan shooting," this sunday night right here on cnn 11:00 p.m. eastern and pacific. looks like a pretty amazing documentary. thousands of people die in drunk driving crashes every year. so are smartphone applications that warn users of dui checkpoints a detriment to public safety? should they be sold by companies like apple and google? we debate it next in "stream team."
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so if you want to check weather, there's an app for that, right? want to download the hottest new song, there's an app for that. want to avoid dui checkpoints? there's also an app for that. smartphone applications like buzzed, which is sold in the
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apple app store warn users about dui checkpoints. that's right, anyone can download one of these apps to avoid those check points. senator tom udall is calling for smartphone manufacturers including apple and google to remove these apps. senator, nice to talk with you about this. i know it's important to you. you've actually written a letter to the companies trying to get these apps removed. do you think that they're illegal? >> i don't think they're illegal at this point, but the real issue is, what are they out there for? i think basically what they're out there for is for drunk drivers to try to figure a way around checkpoints. that's bad for the public. we're asking the three companies, google and apple and motion in research, to take these out of their online stores and not sell them. >> and the apps have already been removed from the blackberry
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app world, so is that why mainly that you think manufacturers should take them down? because really this is pretty advanced. they can communicate, drivers can communicate, in realtime and warn others about these dui checkpoints. >> well, and it seems to me the real individual who will be using this is somebody who's drunk who shouldn't be on the highways in the first place, and probably should be caught by a checkpoint rather than evading a checkpoint. >> just quickly, is there anything that would change your mind about this, possibly limiting the age of who might be able to get it or checking someone's driving records? would that help? >> i think a drunk driver is a drunk driver. i don't know how you determine that with some kind of check like that. >> all right. well, that is your take, senator. we appreciate you talking with us about that. >> thank you. >> we do have another perspective we want to share with you. we want to bring in gary shapiro, president and ceo of the consumer electronics association representing roughly
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2,000 electronic companies including apple and google. gary, do you think apple and google should continue selling these apps? >> well, first of all, drunk driving is not something that any of us like, and the apps do concern me. but what concerns me much more is the government, through senators like the powerful senators on this letter, are telling companies what and what not citizens should communicate to each other. i just came from a lunch with an arabian -- one of the ambassador representatives here. they say, you know what's changed in the arab world? the ability for citizens to connect with each other. we have a history of communicating without the government telling them what to do, the first amendment. >> so you think there's a free speech issue here, people not being able to share and say what they want. >> there's a huge first amendment issue. korea bans all technology. china restricts how people communicate. this is a step toward censorship. there's other ways to approach these. the law enforcement likes these
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apps because it makes consumers there's aware of drunk driving restrictions setup. they encourage these. that's why they publicize the checkpoints. second of all, it's not the role of government to tell consumers what they should or should not communicate with each other, especially about government. we are set up uniquely from every other country in the world that we protect our citizens against the government taking away our liberties. when we have powerful government officials with control over the destiny of these technology companies saying, you can't use that specific content on your web site or app, that concerns me. >> well, a lot of the critics, like the senator and others, believe that these apps actually encourage and allow and enable people to drive drunk. >> well, no one wants anyone to drive drunk. there's all sorts of technology in their power to require be put in cars either after-market or part of the car itself ch ch can
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detect drunken driving or erratic driving. i don't have a problem with that as much as i have a problem with the government telling people to get rid of it. or the implicit threat you just heard, we might agent regt you otherwise. >> this information, does law enforcement publish this information elsewhere? if it wasn't on the app, could people still get this? >> some do and some don't. it's a matter of what happens. there's a trapster app, that slows me down when i use that application. it shows speed traps. some law enforcement people like that. the other thing to do if you care about this, private citizens could call in fake locations of where these things are set up. it this is a communicate r community thing if you don't like it, you have ways to -- people who are really drunk are not going to think of going to an app and things like that. >> they're not going to be able
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to work it is what you're saying. >> yes. it sounds good, but it backfires. no one likes drunk driving. the application sounds bad to me. but as i looked into it more and more, law enforcement groupses like it, not drunk people are using it. and it has huge first amendment problems with it. >> there you have it, both is sides from gary shapiro and senator udall as well. thank you. time now for a cnn political update. cnn deputy political director paul steinhauser joins me from washington. paul, if you want to raise big money, you have to bring in a big name, isn't that true? >> oh, it is true in politics. republicans have a big name tonight, that name is chris christie. he's considered a rock star in some republican circles. some are urging him to run for the white house. he says forget about it. he's going to be in washington tonight, headlining a fund-raiser dinner for the republican congressional committee. they announced this morning they're going to raise $10 million at that dinner. a lot more than they raised the
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last two years. maybe chris christie is making a difference. let as talk about tim pawlenty, the former governor of minnesota, we learned today he's not going to one but two tea party rallies on april 15th. will he run for the president on the republican side? probably not a bad idea. >> i'm glad you brought up the tea party because i'm curious about poll numbers related to the tea party. >> yeah. we put these out this morning. check this out, a national poll from cnn the opinion research corporation. we asked about faivvorable and unfavorable views of the tea party. on the tea party movement on the favorables are definitely on the decline. 37% down to 32% unfavorable up to 47%. and those who are unsure about the tea party movement are declining. you know what? that 47% unfavorable rating puts them in the saix company as the
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democratic and republican parties. >> which is exactly what the tea party did not want. >> yes. but you know it's become more of a political movement. they've really become players in the republican party politics. >> certainly have. paul, thank you. your next update from the best political team on television is just about an hour away. feeling lucky today? no? then you better listen up to what i have to say in my "xyz." it just might change everything for you. that's next.
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